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post #11 of 16 Old 03-03-2018, 05:51 AM
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And speaking of paddle style models, here is an MTD version from the 1970's. Spectrum's snowblower history page has a "Crusader" brand model that was made by MTD at the time. Yet I've never seen the MTD paddle style model in the old MTD chevy orange/red.

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That's interesting. I guess it was a design dead end due to torque losses? and/or just cheaper to run the axle down the middle. Those handle bars def. look like a weak point where they attach to the frame. Never realized how interesting snowblower designs were till I joined this forum.
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Hello I see that you are located in southern Pa an I saw you commenting on the SN801 Snapper snow blower thread. I am in south central Pa an have one of these for sale. Please see my craigslist ad chambersburg.craigslist.org/grd/d/greencastle-1970s-snapper-sn801-snow/6857736892.html. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested at all my name is Zane. 7174942307
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Simplicity had some models with the blower assembly like that on some older models. It was an odd setup compared to today's models but worked the same. The whole auger housing was longer due to the design of the way the impeller was mounted, but was more of a straight line drive. It did not have the necessary auger gearbox with the worm gear setup to spin the auger shaft. It was a simple design with external drive belts but was long in the front end by design. It helped keep the bucket scraper bar down to dig in, but when you had to lift it, or rock the bucket back and upwards, it was a bit more of an effort due to the length ahead of the drive wheel axle.
They turned the impellers 90 degrees in the new models to shorten the overall length and make better maneuverability and take up less storage space by adding the auger gear box for the 90 degree bend in the driveline. But when they did that, they added extra more complicated parts to break, instead of just a belt drive with pulleys and bearings. But the belt could eventually get wet and slip, so the gearbox was better in the long run.
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Hello I see that you are located in southern Pa an I saw you commenting on the SN801 Snapper snow blower thread. I am in south central Pa an have one of these for sale. Please see my craigslist ad chambersburg.craigslist.org/grd/d/greencastle-1970s-snapper-sn801-snow/6857736892.html. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested at all my name is Zane. 7174942307
I looked at it. Nice. How does it handle the EOD after the plows have passed? Any better?

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I looked at it. Nice. How does it handle the EOD after the plows have passed? Any better?
I would say it handles the more packed snow very similar. I only have one point of comparison and that is a mid 90's yard machine that has a 12 HP engine.
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For some reason, for me the images say blocked and I cannot see them, which is a shame, because I have a few snapper snowblowers so I'm in this section more often.
I wonder why the images are blocked. Can anyone find out and let me know and correct the issue for me. Thanks

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